Among the time period of 1750 to 1914 in Europe and Asia, women obtained social and economic expectations that would label them with their “normal” practices. Until the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution, women began to take part in the fight against their labels and for their goal of equality with men. In Asia, situations for women were likewise. Asian women were also expected to play an active role in the household. However, the revolution of communism started in women were finally being considered equal to men.
Women testified against the rest of their society, there were different routes into how these women obtained their long-awaited-for equal rights. As time progressed, as did the rise of their rights and changes in society for women and their surroundings as they became far more independent and important. Before the French Revolution in Europe, women were being viewed at as biologically and socially different from men, therefore they played the roles of family rather than political, like the men were. But when the French Revolution began to take place, women participated in controversial events. Women began to take stand with their equality with men, against people like Jean-Jaques Rousseau, for example where he describes his vision of an ideal education for women where they should take an active role in the family, but they should not venture to take part politically outside of their home. Those who favored improving the status of women often insisted on women’s right to education.
Women never gained full political rights during the French Revolution as the national assemblies did not consider legislation with granting political rights towards women, where they could neither vote nor hold office. Women did not stop and yet continued to participate in various forms with riots over prices of food, some joined clubs organized by women, and other took parts in movements against the Revolution. Upper class women were expected to be married into money and have an education; their higher class was not expected of them to run households, as they had been in past centuries. The middle class women were expected to run households, stayed home until they were married , and often became writers as there were not many occupations offered to their class.
The working class women would work for a living while single and were expected to keep on working until married, in such places like domestic service but were not equal to men’s jobs at the time. For the mid 19th century, more forms of employment became available to women and girl’s education began to be taken more seriously. There were more schools for girls offering an academic education with boys and with the expansion of education, it offered more job opportunities for teachers. Technological inventions also lead to occupation expansion, as the invention of the typewriter supported to a larger range of jobs for women in offices. In the early 20th century, some women became active in the women’s suffrage movement, forever changing the future of women. In Asia, the situation was similar in many ways, and the implementation of communism led to the change in treatment of women. They began to receive equal pay and many of the normal practices of their time were being outlawed, such as foot binding and arranged marriages.
In Asia, they did not have as many independent women who fought for their equality rights, as speaking up in such ways was against their beliefs. Likewise in Europe, Asia was also split into economic classes. The upper class women were often educated. Middle class women most often remained as housewives. Asian women had their hold of change in their roles as time progressed. In Europe and Asia, women were viewed as “housewives” and only housewives. They were expected to stay home and raise their children, while their husbands worked during the day.
Women both in Europe, Asia, and throughout the world were expected to obey the men of the house, whether it was their father, husband, or son. Women were first granted with education, as men did not believe in granting them with more rights all at once. With the equality earned by the women, discrimination was attached. Although they were lawfully allowed to work in workplaces, some, yet most men, did not believe women should be working anywhere other than in the house.
Women in Europe and Asia did have similar factors leading to their goals, but women in Europe did not acquire “normal” social practices where the Asian women were expected of. In both Europe and Asia, the upper class women were not expected to become housewives and most obtained an academic education because they did not have to worry about taking care of the household. Finally by the early 1900’s, women earned what they deserved.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, women not only obtained the right to workplace but also the right to vote. As these women earned their rights, the rest of the world progressively began to follow along with the act of fighting for women equalities. Women not only fought physically for the past two centuries, but also emotionally, as they dealt with the remarks from those who opposed from the ideas. Nationalists in Asia called for the end of acts, such as footbinding and arranged marriages.